101 WKQX/Chicago Segues From Successful Five-Week Alternative Programming Special to Launch New Podcast and Weekly Sunday Feature on “The History of Alternative”


CUMULUS MEDIA announces that Chicago’s Alternative Rock station 101 WKQX-FM has launched a companion podcast and Sunday music feature, both called “The History of Alternative”, sponsored by Wintrust Community Banks.

The new podcast and weekend feature will pick up where 101 WKQX’s successful programming special, also entitled “The History of Alternative”, left off. “The History of Alternative” was an epic programming event sponsored by Coors Light that took fans on a five-week anthology of the music, memories and events that have defined Alternative.

The special station takeover aired nine hours a day, every day, on 101 WKQX from September 8th through October 7th. With 2,986 songs played over the course of 22 weekdays from 10am-7pm, fans followed along to hear songs of their past and relive the best from the array of alternative eras.

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The new weekly feature, “The History of Alternative”, will air Sundays from 8am-12pm. It will take the long-form concept into a weekly four-hour playlist, and will be hosted by Brian Phillips.

Continuing the conversation, James VanOsdol and Jon Manley will dig even deeper into the Alternative vaults, as they host “The History of Alternative” podcast. Each episode will focus on a specific topic, special guest or concept.

The first four episodes have been released and include conversations with Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins, Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath, and members of Phoenix, Thomas Mars and Christian Mazzalaiguitar. Also included is a timely Halloween episode, in which VanOsdol and Manley debate the spookiest alternative artists, albums and songs.

New episodes of “The History of Alternative” podcast are delivered weekly, and are available on Apple, Google, Amazon, TuneIn, and Stitcher, as well as on the 101WKQX website at: https://www.101wkqx.com/history-of-alternative-podcast/.

Episodes of “The History of Alternative” podcast available now include:

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  1. The History of Smashing Pumpkins, Part 1: Billy Corgan
    Smashing Pumpkins mastermind Billy Corgan discusses the band’s history and legacy.
  2. Rise Against: Political music and other appeals to reason
    Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath talks politics in music.
  3. Phoenix History
    French band Phoenix has headlined Lollapalooza and Coachella, and talks about their Alternative roots in Europe.
  4. The Halloween episode
    Discussion of the best spooky Alternative artists, albums and songs.


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